June Athlete of the Month

June 2014: Wonder Woman

Don’t let the blonde hair and high heels fool you…there is a lot of competitive rage behind those eyes!

tdartaotmMeet Terri!

Tell us about yourself (name, age, education, family, work, etc.)

My name is Terri Dart and I am 31 years old.  I’m from Bryce Resort/Basye, Virginia and I have a 6 year old son named Jack (aka: my English bulldog), who keeps me on my toes at all times.  I went to art school in Columbus, Ohio but somewhere along the way I ended becoming Vice President at VBS Mortgage here in Harrisonburg.

 How long have you been doing crossfit?

I started doing Crossfit back when Rocktown first opened about a year and a half ago.

 When/what was your “crossfit moment” or have you had one? (the one where you think you may actually die)

I think I have had a ton of “crossfit moments” but the one that sticks out in my mind was a Saturday workout that involved rowing and thrusters back to back.   I remember thinking this is going to be the first time I quit in the middle of the workout and if it wasn’t for Nate in my face counting every last rep until I finished the final set of thrusters I might have given up.  I was dead last to finish that day and the moment I dropped the bar I went right into the bathroom (there is a good chance I may have thrown up and definitely cried a little but at least no one saw that). 🙂

 What are your favorite crossfit movements?

I actually like most of the movements in crossfit, I love that every day is always something different.  I would say deadlifts would my absolute favorite!

 What movement makes you look at the white board and want to walk back out the door?

Rowing anything over 250m….ugh!  And thrusters, those are just terrible!  I used to look at the workout every night and think about which ones I would cherry pick but then I stopped checking every single time and now I  know that no matter what the workout is I will make it through it one way or another and I just continue to try to get better at all the movements I hate.

 What are your goals?

My goals have changed quite a bit with my injury and being told I am not allowed to lift heavy or do certain lifts at all right now.  So I just go in and do what I can and try to go as hard as I can.

I’m taking this time to work on more skill work like getting better at my pull-ups, chest to bar, pistols, double unders, etc   I got my first (ugly) muscle up the other day but haven’t been able to do another one since so there’s a frustrating goal to accomplish!   And quite frankly, if I can just beat Paul in a few workouts, I’ll be happy! Kidding…kinda…

 What motivates you to continue coming back?

100% the people…I love coming in and seeing everyone and being a part of such a great community/family.   I’m also a very competitive person and like that there is always something to improve on in Crossfit.  Plus it’s a great stress reliever and that’s why I enjoy coming in after the work day (well that and as many of you know, I’m a morning person).

 What’s your favorite cheat meal?

Cold beer and pizza rolls?!  Cupcakes and donuts would be nice too.

 In your own words what is Rocktown Crossfit? 

It’s a strong community full of amazing, encouraging and inspiring people.  The atmosphere is like no other, everyone is cheering each other on and supporting each other as we push ourselves to the limit to better ourselves. It’s the one place that you get out of it exactly what you put into it, the hard work does pay off.

 Free Write: (anything you want to say about trainers/facilities/other athletes/etc)

It has been such pleasure to watch Rocktown grow in so many different ways since they first opened their doors and I couldn’t be happier to be a part of that.  Thanks to Nate, Lauren, all the coaches, and of course all the people for making Rocktown more than just a gym but more like a second home.  I can honestly say that heading into Rocktown is always the highlight of my day.

A Note from the Rocktown Staff:

T Dart!  So proud to pass this torch to you.  One of the hardest workers to come through our doors on a daily basis…no matter what the workout Terri will throw down like its going to be her last.  Something many athletes will lack is what I call mental toughness…the ability to go to a dark place when your mind is telling you to put down the bar…Terri has the rare ability to tell that voice NO, keeps fighting and leaves us in awe on a regular basis.  Since day 1 Terri has been in a constant state of improvement.  It feels like just yesterday you were doing pullups with a band and now you’re conquering muscle ups…evidence that consistency and hard work pays off.  Like most of our athletes of the month its Terri’s big heart, soft smile and personality that always make her a pleasure to be around (unless you see her at a morning class), we are lucky to have such a wonderful person and advocate of what CrossFit really is at The Rock.  I think I can speak for all of those whom have followed you to where you are now that you are an inspiration to females everywhere.  Keep up the good work,  and try not to make Paul look too bad!

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